Welcome to Mold Hackers™, a mold-inspection only company NOT involved in the remediation process, offering the lowest mold-sampling prices available. If this is your first time getting such an inspection, we cannot urge you enough to use a company NOT involved in the remediation process to avoid the conflict of interest created when doing so. Serving the NoVa, DC & MD metro area (50 miles in any direction thereof) Mold Hackers offers unbiased mold testing with only the latest technology available to collect air and surface samples, including the use of FLIR™ Infrared Thermal Imaging cameras & moisture-meters to detect moisture inside your walls, floors & ceiling cavities where moisture could be breeding mold without being visible. I carry a collection of gadgets to put James Bond himself to shame! (If you like gadgets, you're gonna love watching this!)
Direct surface swabs are used to collect visible growth that will tell us whether they are toxic and could be harming you or your loved ones, especially if it looks like a mold type that is not particularly airborne like Stachybotrys, aka "Black Mold", and how they should be remediated. Air Sampling as well will tell us how toxic the varieties are, and whether your indoor air quality is above or below a healthy level & will decide whether remediation is recommended to begin with. It very well may not, even if noted on a house inspector's report. It is our job to confirm whether or not an actual problem exists worth an expensive remediation. Our lab report will indicate exactly how many spores per cubic meter of every mold type are in the area or floor tested, where and how to eradicate any indoor growing mold to ultimately put a stop to the gaseous toxins they give off through their metabolization process that can lead to poor health or even death when ignored. NEXT DAY RESULTS AVAILABLE! Sometimes even same day service is available, but results come the following business day regardless, unless done on a Sunday, in which case they'd come on Tuesday.
Take advantage of our unbeatable SPRING SALE price of $249 which includes a top to bottom inspection regardless of size, 2 air samples; one inside and one outside 'control' sample, with further surface sampling and/or air samples available if recommended or requested by client for only $75ea, but in either case, only if agreed to by you, our client, of course. Also included for free is a radiation (radon) test, tap water test, and electromagnetic testing, in case mold ends up not being the problem. (We like to cover all the bases first, just in case mold is not the problem causing unexplained illnesses to residents of the properties we are called to.) Click here for more details on these free services and why they're now included at no extra cost to you, our client.
YOUR FIRST MOLD INSPECTION? -WHAT WE DO FOR YOU:
Unless you have dealt with similar issues in the past, it is very common to be confused about what to do and where to start. We will answer these questions for you, and in some cases leave your appointment without charging you a dime. There are cases in which sampling simply isn't necessary once we inspect all the areas of concern. We are an honest family-owned company that will only suggest testing samples from your home if we feel it is required for the health of your properties' occupants. Sometimes it just turns out to be a case of mildew, which though similar, is not harmful to humans. It just smells bad and can be cleaned up by a normal contractor or even yourself, not an expensive mold remediation company who would contain the area first among other precautions they are required to do to avoid spreading the toxins further in your property while removing affected materials.
It is very common to have moisture/humidity in basements as cinder-blocks and foundation cement is porous, and they are often built too close to underground water. If not in a finished basement, the humidity will not be controlled either, allowing humidity alone to be enough of a water source to create a living indoor-mold situation. And if your HVAC system is in such a basement, it could be spreading deadly mold-spores throughout the entire property via the air-ducts. (In some cases, the source is the HVAC system itself.) Each case is different and treated as uniquely as the situation at hand. But fear not, every situation can be fixed, and often for much less than you might imagine. This is what we can help you figure out before you get estimates from remediation companies that also claim to test and may be reporting issues that don't exist at all.
Hopefully after our visit, you will be well on your way to the mold free, healthy environment you deserve. Feel free to call and speak with us about your specific situation, and we will be happy to set up a convenient appointment that fits your schedule, or EMAIL US with the day and time you prefer. We do not charge for any phone consultations or estimates.
WHY WE DO IT:
We are usually called into a home or business for one or more of the following reasons-BR>
Toddlers or a New Baby on the way -Mold generally affects unborn babies, toddlers and the elderly the most, anyone with a diminished immune system, allergies, or ineffective HLA genes, but over time, the worst types can even leave an otherwise healthy person at any age with chronic health problems & even death if ignored.
Peace of Mind for a New Real Estate Purchase -A property inspected even by the best Home Inspector cannot see mold growing inside a wall cavity. Its microscopic spores are odorless and invisible to the naked eye. You can be breathing it in without knowing it 'til you have our professional air-sampling test to show you every type of mold in your property, how many spores per cubic meter were found, what effects they have on people, and how to get rid of them based on your unique case. Sometimes the nicest, cleanest looking & smelling houses still have high black-mold (Stachybotrys Chartarum) counts, or other toxic varieties simply because it's hidden from direct view. Many common varieties in our area remain toxic dead or alive, and with those toxic varieties, even the spores themselves can be extremely harmful to breathe in. Over time they can cause permanent brain damage, blood/heart problems, asthma, headaches, dizziness, nosebleeds, lung infections, skin rashes; the list goes on and on. Please see our videos page for much more on this.
Unexplained or Undiagnosed Health/Respiratory Issues
Recent Water Intrusion from rain, plumbing leakage, or high humidity -Most people think mold is more likely to exist in older houses. While that can be true, we also find plenty of problems in brand new homes when they are built too efficiently. When there is a hidden leak or high humidity, the water vapor in a highly efficient house has no where to go. The house cannot "breathe" in other words. An older house, while not as efficient at keeping it's climate controlled, will often breathe more easily, thus letting any accumulated humidity/water vapor escape before it can cause a mold issue.
Visible Microbial Growth
A Musty, Mildew-like Smell -Most often in basements as they are usually the most humid floor, if there is mold breeding, dangerous spores can be spread throughout the property via the HVAC system and/or normal indoor air currents. A mold source on one floor is generally 50% less on each floor above or below the source floor.
HOW WE DO IT:
We help people in all situations find out not only if they have a problem, but also where the source is if possible, and how to have it remediated for the lowest possible cost. We have come behind countless companies that call themselves "Mold Inspectors and Remediators", and more often than not, they inflate the numbers and tell you there is a much bigger problem than actually exists. They even go so far as to tell you that you must leave the property while they perform this "remediation" so that you can't see that there is in fact no mold in the extra walls and floors they want thousands of your hard earned dollars to tear down and replace. You would not believe how many have fallen for this scam! Most of them also don't want you to know that not all molds are dangerous. The truth is that we are always breathing in mold spores indoors and out, and there are acceptable levels, or humans would simply not exist.
We can determine from your confidential lab results whether or not your indoor levels indicate indoor growth, and whether they are of toxic varieties. Any inspection done without precise testing is simply a guess at what could be a deadly situation or no problem at all. Our air and surface samples provide hard evidence and a legal report you can use in court as evidence if necessary against a builder, landlord, or as a defence against the same from a buyer. And since we are not involved in any way with remediation, we have no interest in finding problems that don't exist. With your results, you will be getting the written results from two separate licensed and regulated scientific entities for the price of one; ours, and our fully accredited Microbiological Lab called Seeml, where we send our samples for processing in overnight sealed medical containers 6 days a week along with a Chain of Custody document just like crime scene evidence. This speed of overnighting and having our reports emailed back allows us to offer NEXT DAY RESULTS!
Any respectable mold remediation company who is suggesting a home or business needs professional intervention should support the idea of a third party company like MoldHackers coming in to do an inspection FIRST. And ONLY if our recommendation based on your lab results calls for remediation should they be brought in to do so, and ONLY in the areas found to be effected.
We always prefer finding out our clients are safe and that elevated conditions do not exist. However, when a problem is present, we offer a detailed report with a step-by-step protocol for removal. In the long run, you are going to save money by getting an inspection with iron-clad reliable unbiased test results showing whether there is a problem or not, before it becomes a much more expensive problem possibly requiring the gutting of the entire property, or paying remediators doing the same without hard evidence of a problem. Give us a call anytime at 571-278-8319, or EMAIL US to set up an appt with your preferred day & time, and we will call you to confirm the time slot is available..
Here is a breakdown of our service process:
Email us or call 571-278-8319 to Schedule an Appointment
Inspector arrives and conducts a Visual Inspection of the Property
Air and Surface Samples are collected where agreed necessary, along with an outdoor control sample to let us know what your surrounding environment levels are
Samples are sent to our Independent Lab for Microscopic Analysis
Client and Inspector Receive Lab Results
Inspector Provides Client with Detailed Remediation Protocol (If Needed) and explanation of LAB results
(In serious cases, this may suggest vacating the property until remediation is completed, if the affected area is dangerous & can't be avoided.)
Clearance-Testing after remediation to make sure the areas remediated are now mold-free if desired. (This is sometimes required in the event of a real-estate sale.)
We have thousands of inspections under our belt and can answer your questions based on many years of experience in every situation imaginable.
Thank you for visiting our site, and God Bless! And many thanks to all those who have time to leave a review after doing business with us by clicking on the Angie's List link or the Yelp link at the top!